Myer Freyman, 81, a retired official with the old Manpower Commission in the Labor Department and the founding president of what became Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 19 at his home in Washington.

The congregation is located on Freyman Drive, which was named in his honor.

Mr. Freyman was born in Norristown, Pa. He earned both undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Kentucky, and practiced law in Lexington, Ky., before moving to Washington in 1937.

He joined the Labor Department and worked for the U.S. Employment Service. He retired in 1973 as chief of the Division of State Personnel Training and Executive Development in the Manpower Commission.

Mr. Freyman was the founding president of the Washington Men's ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation and Training), which named him "Man of the Year" in 1984. He also received the Labor Department's Meritorious Service Award and the Training Officers Conference honorary award.

He was a past president of the Maryland chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

He also was a Mason and a member of the International Association of Personnel Employment Security, the American Society for Training and Development, and the B'nai B'rith.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Washington; two sons, David, of Potomac, and Dr. Jeffrey, of Lexington; a brother, Abe, of Greenville, Miss.; a sister, Jenny Shepp of Memphis, and two grandchildren.